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Discover the wide range of photography techniques and how-tos in this varied selection of articles. You'll find tips on photography gear and travel, plus shooting techniques and solutions to common problems.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Shoot For The Stars

Good Night Sky • When The World Is Flat • Staking A Clamp Or Plamp

Lately I've seen a number of interesting images of the night sky showing a silhouetted foreground and the Milky Way.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Transmit Image Files

An Eye-Fi card and your tablet make an ideal field combination

Occasionally, a solution comes along that's the perfect fix for a problem I thought I'd always just have to deal with.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

AF Fine-Tuning

Make micro adjustments to your focusing system to get your sharpest shots

Cameras and lenses are both precision instruments, and today's AF systems are the best we've ever seen.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Use your GPS as a comprehensive location scout and to share images with others

You don't need a camera with a built-in GPS to geotag your images although such devices make it simpler since they do it automatically as you shoot.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sweep Panorama

Go wide, young man

The Fuji 617G was a favorite camera for a relatively small group of photographers who wanted to make panorama images with maximum possible quality.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Prepare For A Photo Expedition

Tom Bol offers his insight on how to get ready when you’re going to be out for more than just a day hike

"ONE MORE STEP." This mantra is bouncing around in my brain as my body tries to follow suit.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Be There! With GPS And TOPO Maps

Scout locations from home to find your best vistas

In our hectic day-to-day lives, we carve out the time to pursue our common passion: nature photography.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How To Set The Black Point

Your prints will have improved contrast and vibrancy when you follow these steps

Ansel Adams wrote extensively about the importance of blacks in a print in his classic book, The Print.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Auto Levels

The oft-maligned, one-click solution can be your best friend for making an image look good

If you get a group of photographers into a room and you want to start a fight, bring up the notion of “auto” anything in Photoshop.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

X Marks The Spot

New tools to guide you to the perfect place for the perfect photograph

The first time I tried to photograph the full moon setting over Longs Peak from the summit of Twin Sisters in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains was a complete fiasco.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Video Quick Tips

8 simple techniques to get you started with adding motion and sound to your photography

Video is a wonderful visual medium that adds whole new dimensions of movement and sound to your photography.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

White Balance

Use a simple device to get perfect color in all of your shots

White balance is an adjustment that accounts for the color temperature of the light in a scene.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Film Vs. Digital

A look at some of the differences between shooting in Ansel Adams’ era versus today

When we examine legendary photographers like Ansel Adams, we realize that, by today’s standards, the equipment they used was more of a handicap than a secret ingredient.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gimbal Heads

Giving you both solid support and freedom to move the lens, a gimbal head is a good tool for wildlife and sports-action photography

Bird photographers and other action shooters frequently have to use really long lenses to get close-ups of often-distant subjects.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Shooting Macro? Try Flash!

Try this dual-flash setup for complete control over the illumination in your image

Most nature photographers spend the majority of their time shooting the very large in the natural world—big mountains, big animals. We become obsessed with the grandeur of outdoor photography.

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